Here at Silver State Relief we love celebrations. We look forward to getting together with friends and family to enjoy the company, eat good food and consume cannabis together, which is why we thought we would do something special for Super Bowl LII that combines all of these things. We have put together an adaptable recipe for an infused dip to liven up your football celebration that couldn’t be easier: no messy cannabis extractions, lengthy processes or filtering out plant matter in this recipe. In about half an hour you can be ready to rock this Super Bowl Sunday with a quick and tasty infused dip.
What’s the secret?
The syringes we carry from Organa Brands.
The reason for our excitement for these syringes? They are so versatile! If you want to smoke, you can drizzle some on a bowl of flower; you can lay a bead on the flower of a joint as you roll it; it can be smeared on a rolling paper or blunt; and you can also dab/vaporize the concentrate directly in a pen or with a dab rig. The other fantastic thing about these syringes is they can be added right to foods and drinks! (it is recommended that you eat something along with it or before it though-basically don’t have an empty stomach-for a bunch of reasons) With the obvious exception of edibles or stuff like RSO, cannabis needs to be altered before you can eat it and feel the effects. The psychoactive and therapeutic compounds in cannabis require a specific chemical transformation in order to be absorbed by the body through digestion.
A process known as Decarboxylation changes the state of the raw cannabinoid acids in the plant (THC-a and CBD-a) into something that our bodies can absorb through digestion. The beauty of these syringes it that they are already decarbed, so you don’t have to do anything to them to get the effects from eating or adding them to food, so when our friend Margaux from Organa Brands (the rep for these syringes) brought up the idea of a medicated cheese dip for the Super Bowl, we knew we had to figure out something to share for everyone to enjoy. So we did some poking around to find a sauce that would give the most consistent and tasty results, as well as being not overly complicated and we settled on the recipe below. If you want to read up on why we chose this recipe check out the original page here, they do some serious work and testing figuring out how to make a consistent sauce.
What follows is our modified recipe:
Medicated Game Day Queso
- 8 ounces medium sharp cheddar cheese (or a mix of cheddar and pepper Jack—see note*), grated
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk**
- 1 tablespoon Heavy Cream***
- 1 OV CO2 Syringe (500 mg)
- 2 teaspoons Franks Red Hot or other hot sauce
- In a pan over to medium-low heat combine one cup of the evaporated milk and the heavy cream. While that comes to temperature (don’t let it boil, but it you will see it steaming when its warm) put shredded cheese in an large bowl and sprinkle cornstarch over cheese and toss to combine.
- Add cheese/cornstarch mix to medium saucepan. Stir over heat for 2 minutes then add the hot sauce. Cook over low heat, stirring often with whisk until melted, bubbly, and thickened (about 15-20 minutes). Mixture will look thin and grainy at first but will thicken and come together after heating. Thin to desired consistency with additional evaporated milk.
- Let cool for a bit, but then while its still warm throw the sauce in a blender (or use an immersion blender in the bowl), add the syringe and blend until completely smooth.
- Serve immediately with fries, tortilla chips, burgers, or hot dogs.
*While the original recipe called for extra sharp cheese, we tried it and thought it was a bit too tangy in the end, so we recommend using medium-sharp. For a spicier version, substitute half the cheddar cheese with Pepper Jack and add peppers. To reheat the sauce, microwave it on high heat, stopping and stirring every 30 seconds until it’s fully melted, but be careful not to overheat as it may be detrimental to the terpenes and cannabinoids. You can make many additions (sautéed onions and bell peppers, jalapeños, shredded chicken, etc.) and you can throw them in when you add the hot sauce, just be careful when adding water based liquid (like salsa) or fats, which might throw off the ratios and make it lumpy, greasy, or thin; but the corn starch should help this sauce be stable under most circumstances.
**be careful here that you don’t accidentally get condensed milk, which is sweetened, and will make your cheese sauce sweet
***We added a tablespoon of heavy cream to add some fat to help with bio-availability and absorption
We would also like to point out that it is critical to pay close attention to the concentrate as you are adding the syringe. Complete homogenization is key to ensuring even dosing, so make sure the concentrate is well-blended, with no lumps or globs. If you get sloppy here, you could over-medicate yourself or a guest.
We would also like to point out that it is important that paying close attention to the step when you are adding the syringe to ensure complete homogenization, which is key to ensure even dosing. You don’t want to get sloppy here because you might get a big glob of concentrate in one bite and over medicate you or a guest.
As always with cannabis infused food you want to take it low and slow. Due to the fact that decarbed THC has to be processed further by enzymes in the liver, transforming the active delta-9 THC into what is known as 11-Hydroxy-THC (a form many times stronger and longer lasting that smoked/vaped cannabis), there can be a distinct delay of up to two hours or more just to start feeling the effects, so proceed slowly. Also, the effects of eaten cannabis will last much longer than smoking. It is always best to have non-medicated snacks on hand, since you are likely have a stimulated appetite from consuming cannabis and you don’t want yourself or others to over medicate trying to satisfy your hunger with food that is medicated, make sure you don’t end up in the downward spiral of eating medicated food because you are hungry from medicated food.
An added benefit of this particular process is that keeping the temperature relatively low helps to retain more of the terpene content than most higher heat methods. If you have any questions about how terpenes can effect your cannabis consumption check out this Leafly Article on Terpenes. Terpenes are volatile compounds, and they rapidly vaporize in higher heat conditions.
Please enjoy with care this Super Bowl, and as always: Please be responsible, this is only for use by adults 21 years or older so keep out of reach of children.